Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 22 June 2017

Dear Friends,

Going Solo

Tuesday was my first day running the front desk of our SIL Clinic solo. I received training in previous days. It was a bit overwhelming at first, because I did not realize all I would be responsible for. Some of the things I do while running the front desk are: greet patients coming in for appointments, answer the main clinic phone, field emails that come in for the doctors, make new appointments, file patient charts, input bills into the computer system and send invoices, and answer the 4444 phone (our equivalent to 911). Much of it has been learning as I go, but thankfully the clinic staff is always willing to help. I am working the front desk because it is their biggest need right now. When they are so short staffed people have to be pulled out of other positions to work the front desk and cannot accomplish other critical needs in the clinic. I am very glad I can help the clinic to run more smoothly.

Mikayla

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Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 21 June 2017

Dear Friends,

Emily is a busy bee. She is working on moving the classroom supplies for the Grade 6 classes to the middle/high school campus. A lot of lifting and packing to make this significant change. She will be working with the classroom teachers to set up rooms as the new school year begins on July 19. Ukarumpa International School only has four weeks of break between school years!

Mikayla

Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 18 June 2017

Dear Friends,

This Saturday felt like old times. Mikayla and I had the chance to attend the weekly “Smörgasbord.” Smörgasbord is a discussion group that one of the English teacher hosts at his house on Saturday mornings. He makes pancakes, tea, and coffee, and we sit around talking about different Christian topics that may be controversial or difficult to discuss. Some examples of things we discuss are: must Christians attend church every Sunday, what is women’s role in the church, and should euthanasia be an accepted practice. 

This past weekend we discussed the fear of hell and the want of heaven and whether or not those two things should be reason we follow God. It was a great time to reconnect with friends on a spiritual level.

I also had the opportunity to partake in the 10th grade girls’ Community Group Supper. I caught up with old friends and met some new people, too. After the dinner we had a time of prayer and devotion for all those who would be leaving.

Emily

Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 12 June 2017

Dear Friends,

The rest that Emily mentioned in the last posting really hasn’t happened yet!  We have been visiting with friends this past few days and playing sports. We start work tomorrow as today is the Queen’s birthday holiday.

The time with friends and playing has been fun, but running around without shoes can be hazardous, especially playing softball in bare feet. Emily broke one of her toes a couple months ago and broke another on our fourth day here!

 

Emily and I had the blessing to attend a baptism at the Ba’e River just outside the mission base. It reminded us of being baptized in the same place several years ago. Wonderful to see how many from the community came out to support those being baptized and sing songs of His love.

Mikayla

Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 7 June 2017

Dear Friends,

We can’t say that the flights over to PNG were uneventful, but God is good and we made it! We even have all of our luggage. Greetings at the Aiyura airport were sweet. It was great to see old friends and get much needed hugs. The short van ride to Ukarumpa allowed us to meet some new friends as well. We are very thankful to all the people who prayed for us. We are especially thankful for our parents and the Delta agent who helped us get on an earlier flight from MSP to LAX, so we would not miss our Trans-Pacific flight.

Praying for rest, after not sleeping in a bed for more that 48 hours,

Emily

Adventure to PNG Mikayla & Emily 4 June 2017

Dear Friends,

Delta Airlines – here we come. 

We leave tomorrow for Papua New Guinea!  Mom and Dad are driving us to Chicago. We leave our house at 10:30 AM and our first flight begins at 3:34 CDT. If the travels go as planned we will arrive in Ukarumpa on Wednesday at 4PM local time. Total time from leaving our home until getting to our new home for the month of June will be just shy of 40 hours! Pray we can sleep on the long flight over the Pacific Ocean.

This will be the 9th time for Emily and I to fly over the ocean, but our first time without our parents. A bit scary, but we know we will have people to help along the way of we need it. More so we are confident that the Lord has been going before us and will be traveling with the whole way.

Praying for peace and mercy as we travel,

Mikayla